End of conversation
Mayor Charles Lamb lives in a neighborhood that was built before Edmond codes were sophisticated, he said.
“My neighbor spent quite a bit of money over the summer to reshape her yard to address a front yard drainage problem,” Lamb said. “So it happens that you address change that goes along.”
Time had altered the path of water coming to her neighbor’s yard with a change in trees, soil condition and topography, Lamb said.
Soil placement has stayed the same in each property Cory has lived in Edmond since he was born in 1950, Cory said.
“I go to this new house I have. I see the fact it was improperly done to start with and yet we want to blame everybody else and not put it on the builder to do what he was supposed to have done in the first place,” Cory said. “And that was to protect me from being excessively watered, keeping it going away from my property and to the house he was working on.
“And I just want to make that for the record so when we do come to sue, we gave you the opportunity, and we will hold the City of Edmond liable as well and named in the lawsuit.”
Lamb said the mention of litigation ends the conversation.
“My point when I was trying to make my analogy was that property owners have responsibility to maintain their property,” Lamb continued. “My neighbor put a new swell in to address her condition. You’re taking no initiative to do any swelling in your own yard. If you want to put blame on and you want to go sue us, then I guess that’s what you have to do.”
New language needed for Title 23?
Cory said the City of Edmond is not concerned with its residents but only the builders of new homes. Condray said he feels his interests as a taxpayer are not being addressed by the city.
“… When I saw what was happening behind us, the development back to the north, I became quite concerned because you eliminated a lot of ground cover,” Condray said.
Condray’s home has become a money pit, he said.
Gabel said the problem is not something that makes him feel good, either.
“The only thing we can do at this point is put in more code language, more directions, more requirements,” Gabel said. “We can do that, but the other side of that is now we’re going to have people angry with us because we’re coming in and telling people what to do on their own property.”